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Australia complete sweep as Hussey hits century

cricket Updated: Apr 14, 2011 01:14 IST

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Michael Hussey scored his first one-day century in four years to help Australia complete a 3-0 clean sweep against Bangladesh with a 66-run win in the third and final match on Wednesday.

The middle-order batsman cracked two sixes and nine fours in a 91-ball 108 for his third one-day hundred, and his first since February 2007, as Australia posted a huge 361-8 in the day-night match.

Bangladesh made a bold reply before finishing at 295-6 despite an impressive 93 from opener Imrul Kayes, who hit two sixes and 10 fours in his 95-ball knock.

Kayes batted confidently against both pace and spin and looked set to complete his second one-day century before being caught behind off debutant paceman James Pattinson.

He put on 136 for the second wicket with Shahriar Nafees, who made 60 for his second successive half-century. Mohammad Mahmudullah contributed an unbeaten 68.

Australia virtually wrapped up the match when seamer Shane Watson dismissed skipper Shakib Al Hasan (nine) and Mushfiqur Rahim (one) in one over.

Man-of-the-match Hussey was then involved in two useful stands, adding 89 for the fourth wicket with skipper Michael Clarke (47) and 70 for the sixth wicket with Mitchell Johnson, who hammered 41 off just 24 balls.

Hussey fell in the last over, trapped lbw by seamer Shafiul Islam, but not before boosting his team's chances of sweeping the series. Australia got off to an explosive start after winning the toss as Watson and makeshift opener Ricky Ponting (47) added 110 runs for the opening wicket in just 11.5 overs.

Watson began aggressively, hitting Shafiul for four boundaries in an over early in his innings before pulling left-arm spinner Shakib over mid-wicket for a six to reach his half-century. Abdur Razzak finished with 3-58 and Mashrafe Mortaza with 3-80.